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UK: MPs say fashion brands are "failing to commit" to reducing environmental & social impact

Author: BBC, Published on: 31 January 2019

"MPs say fast fashion brands inaction on ethics is shocking", 31 January 2019

Fashion retailers JD Sports, Sports Direct and Boohoo, are "failing to commit" to reducing their environmental and social impact, MPs say. Amazon, TK Maxx and Missguided were also described by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) as being among the "least engaged" in sustainable fashion and labour market initiatives...

The findings are part of the EAC's inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry... 

The "most engaged" were named as Asos, Marks & Spencer Tesco, Primark and Burberry... The "moderately engaged" retailers were Next, Debenhams, Arcadia Group and Asda... 

Kurt Geiger was also approached but did not respond to requests for written evidence, the EAC said...

In a statement, Boohoo said..."This initial report does not fully reflect the policies and procedures and independent initiatives that we have in place, or the extent of our ongoing commitment in the area of sustainability."

JD Sports said "As a business, we participate in a number of ethical initiatives which fall outside the narrow list referred to in the Committee's report."...

EAC chair Mary Creagh said: "It's shocking to see that a group of major retailers are failing to take action to promote environmental sustainability and protect their workers...

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